Househelp most ‘in demand’ job in NorMin

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole 10) in Northern Mindanao has strengthened its implementation of the Kasambahay Law after it released its latest data that domestic or household help is the most in-demand job in the region.

According to the Labor Market Information of the department, jobs categorized under laborer and unskilled occupation consist most of the vacancies in northern Mindanao.

"This is because there are instances that employers from neighboring regions like ARMM and Caraga would get their house help in the region," Bernie Salinas, head statistician of the Technical Services and Support Division of Dole-10 told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Monday.
Domestic helpers take care of household chores that include cleaning, cooking, child rearing and other related duties.
The labor department has designated “single entry approach desk officers” (Seado) in every provincial capitol in the region to "cater to the problems and complaints of domestic helpers."


"In cases our domestic helpers will encounter problems with their employers, they would no longer need legal counsel to settle the dispute," Raymundo Agravante, Dole-10 regional director, told this paper.
Under the Republic Act 10361 or the Domestic Workers Act, commonly known as Kasambahay Law, minimum wage, social protection and other benefits received by members from the formal sector shall be afforded also to the household service workers.

Salinas said that out of the 1,400 complaints they receive this year, five are related to domestic helpers. These concerns of the household help involve underpayment, no leave and no social benefits.

Aiza, 18, resident of Baungon, Bukidnon, is working seven to eight hours a day as a domestic helper. Aiza has already been working for over a year.

Aiza told this paper she is aware of the existing law. However, she is not knowledgeable of the minute details of the law. She is underpaid with only P2,000 monthly wage.

"Okay ra man sa ako ang sweldo kay nagpuyo man pud ko diri," she added.
Section 6 of the law stated: "The employer shall provide for the basic necessities of the domestic worker to include at least three adequate meals a day and humane sleeping arrangements that ensure safety."

Agravante encouraged domestic helpers to file formal complaints to their Seado so that the department can address their issues.

Most in-demand jobs

The data released by Dole-10 shows that 11, 993 domestic helpers will be needed in the region until the year 2020.

The top 10 most in-demand jobs in the region all come from the service sector.

Atheneus Vasallo, Technical Support and Services Division (TSSD) chief, said this sector is seen to be continuously growing in the years to come.

Other in-demand jobs include stockmen, stock clerk, wardman, pipe fitter, office clerk, field worker, construction laborer (painter), construction worker and section supervisor.

Among the least needed professions, according to the list, include nurses, project engineers, project supervisors, heavy equipment officer, foreman and others.

By releasing the results of the study, Vasallo hopes that parents as well as students will be able to use it as guide in choosing the right program and career path.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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